HISTORY IN THE MAKING

HURRICANE IVAN HITS THE GULF COAST

Wednesday Night, September, 15th

IVAN IS GOING TO MOVE ASHORE INTO SOUTHERN ALABAMA LATER TONIGHT...WINDS SUSTAINED TO 140 MILES PER HOUR - GUSTS TO NEAR 160 MILES PER HOUR.

FIRST TIME SINCE 1915 THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN HIT BY TWO CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANES IN ONE SEASON!


Ivan Approaches Alabama and the Florida Panhandle


Shelters are FULL across the entire area. (news photo)

 

This thing is going up MOBILE BAY


Gulf Shores will be POUNDED.
Mobile, Extensive Damage.  Catastrophic if the eye goes up the bay


WEDNESDAY NIGHT...1145 p.m.


THE EYE IS APPROACHING GULF SHORES, ALABAMA   - THAT IS JUST NORTH 
OF THE EYE THERE.

 


This is the same image...I HAVE REMOVED MOST OF THE RAIN.  You can see 
Mobile there above Mobile Bay.  The eye is due south of Gulf Shores.  The BRIGHT
Red is part of the eyewall, you can see the outline of the eyewal in blue and green.

 

11:45 p.m.

Gulf Shores, AL Fire Station has roof blown off

 

11:50 p.m. RADAR

EYE CONTINUES TO APPROACH ALABAMA


I took some of the colors out so we could see the shore.
The eye is 40 miles south of Cedar Groves area. (that is
west of Gulf Shore...little village)

  Memorial Hospital in Biloxi just lost part of their roof and an awning

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  Local news. One of the tornados touched down on Lance Street in Parker, near Tyndall Federal Credit Union. They report 70 or so homes damaged. Another touched down on Thomas Drive. Damaged the bridge at Capt. Anderson's and did structural damage to Hamilton's. Local news is reporting a trailer park in Marianna lost 16 trailers in a tornado there within the past hour. Power outage on most of the beach and Parker since 6:00 pm or so.  Florida Panhandle tornado.

 

MIDNIGHT

  NHC is now saying Gulf Shores, AL for landfall

  HERE IT COMES...


The orange area is the EYEWALL - Midnight Approach

12:20 A.M.
IVAN IS MOVING ASHORE.

WINDS GUSTING OVER 100 MILES PER HOUR ARE NOW BEING REPORTED IN THE GULF SHORE AREA.


IVAN MOVING INTO THE MOBILE BAY AREA.


12:30 a.m.


IVAN POUNDING THE ENTIRE GULF SHORE AREA.

  REPORTS NOW FROM PENSACOLA, FLORIDA OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES.



THE HURRICANE HITS THE UNITED STATES - FULL FORCE

 


IVAN MOVES ASHORE - GULF SHORE, ALABAMA

 

EYE IS OVER GULF SHORES ON THIS RADAR IMAGE BELOW

GULF SHORES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EYE!

  Thankfully Mobile will be spared the "worst" of Ivan.  Damage in Mobile is extensive though.


  Sad night across the Gulf Coast of the United States.

  Ivan wrecked the Caribbean and now is bringing his death and destruction to the United States.

  The love of weather is turned to sadness tonight watching this eyewall move ashore and hearing the reports of extreme damage.  Having visited many of these areas that are being hit.  I have to say I am deeply saddened to see this destruction.

  Hurricane Season 2004 will never be forgotten.  I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime.  The number of storms that have hit the United States and the intensity of the ones that have hit. 

  Two category four storms?  Never, not in my lifetime at least.

  Let's hope this tropical season soon ends.

  Bring me snow covered fields any day!!!

  This is going to be a long four days ahead of us.  

  Alabama and many other states are facing SERIOUS flooding and a major tornado threat through Saturday.  This is FAR from over.

  All my friends down in Birmingham "stay safe tomorrow" :)  Watch the rain bands for your highest winds and your tornado threat.  There will likely be a tornado watch issued for your city within the next few hours.  

  Going to bed now - 1:30 a.m. Thursday Morning

 

Thursday

7 a.m.

Pensacola Mayor "Damage Horrendous"

He was just on CNN. He says the damage is "horrendous."

-Hospital hit by a tornado
-Civic Center being used as a shelter, damaged
-Offshore swells 40-60 ft

The storm surge in Pensacola was 20 feet!!!!


IVAN and JEANNE BOTH HURRICANES also note the hurricane
west of Mexico.


IVAN CHURNS THROUGH THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES
7:30 a.m.


HURRICANE JEANNE HAS BROUGHT MAJOR FLOODING AND DAMAGE TO Puerto Rico

HERE IS JEANNE


HURRICANE JEANNE THIS MORNING...

JEANNE COULD HIT THE UNITED STATES IN A FEW DAYS

Ivan is moving through Central Alabama this morning.  It is moving and that is the good news!  Hopefully he will continue to move and not stall out over portions of the Tennessee Valley.

FORECAST FOR BIRMINGHAM...

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4-8 inches seems more likely now (since Ivan is moving along)
Tornadoes will be possible through tonight
Winds gusting to 50-60 miles per hour are possible with some of the rain bands.

  I am heading out for the day, will return this evening.

Thursday Night

  Some photos from the Pensacola area.  Really bad down there.


Pensacola area, extreme damage along the shore and inland
(news photo)


Florida Panhandle   (news photo)



Panhandle Damage from Ivan (news photo)


Ivan strikes Pensacola, Florida   (news photo)

  Where have my white beaches are gone :(  Doesn't look good for the Florida Panhandle.  They definitely got the worst part of the deal.


  Reports of extensive damage throughout Northern Florida and into Alabama.

  Almost one million people without power.

  Damage into the billions and billions of dollars.

  Ivan made his mark.


Gene Mitchell struggles in waist-deep flooding as he tries to get to his home, 
which backs up to a bayou, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in Pensacola, Fla., 
several hours after Hurricane Ivan passed through the area.
 (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Candace Barbot)


GULF SHORES, ALABAMA

 


IVAN THIS MORNING AS IT CAME ASHORE

 

NEXT SYSTEM

  Jeanne continues to move closer to the United States.  It is beginning to look like she will strike the Southeast United States early next week.

  Jeanne will likely be a hurricane at landfall.

  Stay tuned on that one.

 

  How about a family update :)

  Mother is doing great!  We went back to the DR. today for her one month checkup.  Everything is going good...no surprises!

  Grandmother is improving more and more!  I really expect her to come home in a couple of weeks.  I am sure she will be excited to return to her normal life!

  Norman, no new updates other than I don't believe he will need further surgery.  That is the latest news that I have received from the great white north!

  I might know something this weekend as to whether I will be going south for the disaster recovery.

 

OH AND AT 11 p.m.

NOW WE HAVE KARL!

TROPICAL STORM KARL 
ADVISORY NUMBER 2 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 
11 PM AST THU SEP 16 2004

...KARL BECOMES THE 11TH NAMED TROPICAL STORM OVER THE FAR EASTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC.

 

FRIDAY, September 17th

  DEATH TOLL THIS MORNING STANDS AT 24 IN THE UNITED STATES.
  Much higher from Grenada to the Cayman Islands.

  Reports from the Cayman Islands are of extreme destruction.


  Reports that 80-90% of the dwellings in both Grenada and the Caymans have been damaged or destroyed.

  THE CLEAN UP BEGINS AND THE RAINS CONTINUE.

  PENSACOLA SWEPT AWAY...

  Photos below from devastated Pensacola Beach :(


Jenny Caillouet, a resident of downtown Pensacola, checks 
out the damage at Palafox Pier & Yacht Harbour on Thursday. 
Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on the downtown area.
(news photo)

 


Larry Huff, 27, of Innerarity Point, walks down the remains of 
Perdido Key Drive Thursday afternoon in search of water and a phone.
(news photo)

 


The main street of Grande Lagoon subdivision off Gulf Beach 
Highway was completely covered with debris after Hurricane Ivan.
(news photo)

 


A truck lies turned on its side, a casualty of Hurricane
Ivan on Thursday. (news photo)

 


Mark Silver and his son Michael, 14, both of Pensacola, look 
for their boat - Haley's Hideaway - at the wreckage that was
once the dry storage structure at Bahia Mar Marina.
(news photo)


People still try to have a sense of humor (news photo)



The Huey Helicopter on display at the Wall South Memorial was 
heavily damaged by Hurricane Ivan. (news photo)


Wrecked (news photo)



Returning to destruction (news photo)

 

  ALL OF THESE PHOTOS ABOVE ARE FROM DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA.



Cocoa Beach, Florida (news photo)


Trees Pounded (news photo)


Pensacola extreme damage (news photo)


Roads were torn away, swept into the sea (news photo)

 

PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL WEB SITE...TON OF PHOTOS


PENSACOLA SWEPT AWAY

 

Friday, September 17, 2004

Digest: Latest need-to-know facts

Escambia County emergency officials received no other reports of fatalities from Hurricane Ivan late Thursday night, Kelly Cooke, a communications specialist with the public information office, said shortly after 5 a.m. Friday. The county's death toll remains at seven, but more deaths are feared as search crews continue trying to account for missing people. Search and rescue efforts are continuing. At least two women in the Grande Lagoon subdivision off of Gulf Beach Highway died when flood waters ravaged the neighborhood early Thursday. A child was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home on Pine Forest Road near Milton. An elderly woman suffered a heart attack and died late Wednesday night at the Woodham High School shelter. Officials did not have details of the other deaths on Thursday night. Others in Escambia County are reported missing.

Bell South reports that 156,700 people are without telephone service in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Jackson and Okaloosa counties. Escambia emergency operations officials have not received any information from any cell phone service providers, Cooke said.


Virtually every major bridge in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties has been closed indefinitely to all traffic, according to information from transportation, emergency and law enforcement officials. A quarter-mile section of eastbound Interstate 10 bridge over Escambia Bay connecting Santa Rosa and Escambia counties was missing; the westbound section of I-10 was damaged but still standing. A roughly 30-foot section is missing from Bob Sikes Bridge, which is the bridge from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola Beach. The Navarre Beach bridge/causeway - the other entry point to Santa Rosa Island besides Bob Sikes - suffered significant structural damage. The Navarre Beach Causeway is closed because of damage. The Garcon Point Bridge and the Pensacola Bay Bridge were closed because of structural damage. The Lillian bridge on U.S. 98 at the Florida-Alabama state line is closed because of structural damage on Alabama side and flooding on Florida side. The U.S. 90 bridge over Escambia River, between Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, is closed because of hurricane debris. The Perdido Key Bridge on State Road 292 is closed because of flooding. State transportation officials said Thursday night that bridges will remain closed until they can make inspections of the damage Friday.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed in both counties. Pensacola Beach homes were particularly hit hard. Officials believe that the southwest part of the county leading to Perdido Key, near where Hurricane Ivan made landfall at Gulf Shores, Ala., also received extensive damage, but no reports are available yet.


The Pensacola Historic District is flooded as well as other parts of downtown. Other large areas across the two counties also saw flooding because of the storm surge.

Tens of thousands of people are without running water in Escambia County. Water officials said that a worst-case scenario could leave people without it for six to eight weeks. The Escambia County Health Department has issued a boiled water advisory for all residents in Escambia County. Before drinking water residents should boil it for one minute or residents can add eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of plain, unscented household bleach per gallon of water and let stand for 30 minutes. If water is still cloudy after 30 minutes repeat the process.

President Bush, who visited parts of Florida affected by the previous two hurricanes, is expected to visit the Florida Panhandle on Sunday. No other details of the visit were available late Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

The storm left Escambia County virtually without power. Gulf Power said that 364,969 of its 405,000 customers are without electricity, including 137,963 in Escambia County and just more than 60,000 in Santa Rosa County. It could take weeks for some to regain service.


Schools are closed until further notice in Escambia County.

Phone service virtually is out for Escambia - cellular or land line. Many cell phone users have no way to recharge their telephones.

  All of that is just Pensacola.

  Dozens of towns and cities are waking up to the same fate this morning.

 

  MAJOR flooding continues into Kentucky and portions of the Southeastern United States this morning.  Rainfall totals over 3-5 inches are widespread with greater totals in some areas.

  Flooding will continue through this weekend.

  More HURRICANES are on the way to the Florida and Southeast Coast.  There is no let-up in sight.

  I personally have NEVER seen a hurricane season like this.  So many hits on the United States.  I have seen seasons with more storms and more intense storms but never this many strikes on the United States. 


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